Twelve Poincianas

An abbey devoted to Persiflex, in the hills twenty kilometres from Thekla. The land, which was of little worth, was given by the anaxos of Thekla to a fratery of devotees of Persiflex for a shrine and the graves of twelve of their number killed repelling a dragon. The abbey gets its name from the poinciana trees planted on the twelve graves, which turned out to be most unusually long-lived.

By the Archaic Period the abbey was earning a good income from plantations of coffee, tea, cloves, and hemp, and from teak felled in the mountains. Later, it grew rice on terraced hill-sides.

Twelve Poincianas was the first abbey of makhetes, and is famous in all periods for its archery and pankration.

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